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October 2022 Edition
Kia ora koutou

It was lovely to see a few of you in Raumati yesterday. The weather came to the party and it felt very appropriate to celebrate with an iceblock and a sausage after all the rain on Saturday. Don't forget that our next big gathering will be the Christmas party on 3 December. We're currently firming up an outside venue for this and will let you know further details soon. 

In this month's edition you'll find: 


We're also crying out for images for our new website. The details are below.

Please drop us a line,, if you have suggestions for this newsletter or ideas that might enable us to better support you as a community.

Ngā mihi
Selena and the WDSA Committee
Ruth Coard, Chairperson

"It is now official - I'm not quite sure what I've got myself into but what I do know is that I absolutely love our Down syndrome community. If I'm completely honest, having Liam (4 years) in our life, saved mine! Of course I love all my boys just the same but being part of the disabled community has opened my up my world and changed the way I look at life in terms of what I value and what is important to me.

I'm really excited to take the role of Chairperson on. I have so many ideas bubbling around in my head, I'm looking forward to sharing them with you as the next few months progress. And I'd love to hear your ideas too so please get in touch with me anytime via email:".
WDSA Online Auction

We've got some excellent prizes in store (but still looking for more - see below!): think fresh coffee, beautiful handmade soaps, crystals, gift boxes and party services.

Follow the WDSA online auction on Facebook. Bidding will commence on Friday 11 November at 7pm. Grab a Christmas bargain and support a worthwhile cause at the same time: win/win.
Fab Beasts Show

The wonderful people at Fairy Cat & Friends also operate a theatre company called Horse With No Name. Together with Circa Theatre's Accessibility Manager Kate Anderson, they are putting on a relaxed performance of their show, Fab Beasts.

It's a bright, colourful show that adult members of the WDSA community would enjoy. You can find out more about it, here. Please support this show, Fairy Cat & Friends do such good things for our community!

2pm, Saturday 5 November
Circa Theatre
1 Taranaki Street
Save the Date: WDSA Christmas Party

We're taking Christmas this year to the beach (or the park!) with a party at one of Wellington's top notch great outdoors locations. Stay tuned for more details but lock the date and time into your calendars now.

11am-2pm, Saturday 3 December
Location TBC
********** HELP!!! **********
We're updating our website and would like to use imagery representative of our community to make sure it looks slick and engaging. If you have any high quality photos (professionally shot or otherwise) that you would allow us to use for this, please email us. We're looking for candid shots of people with Down syndrome of all ages, genders and cultures - by themselves, with their siblings, other family members, pets, friends or just doing the things they enjoy.
Many of our people, of all ages, love to dance, sing and perform. Here's a couple of organisations that provide inclusive classes for people with different abilities.

Everybody Dance Now

This inclusive dance class is held on Tuesdays from 1.30 to 2.15pm at the Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua. For more information, contact Logan Amer at Whitford Brown Community Trust: 04 236 8944 or email,

Star Jam

All over New Zealand, StarJam inspires young people with disabilities ('Jammers') to express themselves through music, dance, singing and performance. Star Jam's workshops, gigs and discos are fun and exciting spaces for Jammers to grow in confidence, discover musical and performance talents and make lifelong friends. 

Contact Star Jam for any queries or to get involved.
New Carers NZ Service - showcases hundreds of activities, experiences, outings, learning opportunities, breaks, and ways and places to make new friends. It's designed for anyone, but includes information about accessibility in the curated listings, so you know how accessible an activity or venue is before you leave home. New options are added all the time! is created and run by Carers NZ.
Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent Wellington is the local branch of a nationwide not-for-profit organisation formed in 1983 by parents and professionals to support the families of babies, children, teens and adults with any type of disability or health impairment.

Parent to Parent Wellington has regular coffee mornings in locations throughout the Greater Wellington Region. You can find out more on their website or on Facebook.
Sexuality & Intellectual Disability

Family Planning are offering this free workshop for whānau and caregivers that focuses on what whānau and guardians can do to support their loved ones in their sexual and reproductive wellbeing. 

The workshop will be 1.5 hours long.

6pm, Thursday 3 November
Register at


Zoom Meeting: Going Flatting

James Young moved in his own home in 2017 after years of planning by his parents to get the right flatmates, funding and support. His mother, Kaye, will share their story in this session aimed at families on a similar journey, particularly those who may have children with Down syndrome and Autism or additional support needs.

7pm, 8 November
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 875 4365 7509
Passcode: 804054


NZDSA Relationship Workshops

Carolyn from To Be Frank is running follow up sessions on relationships after the success of her presentation at the NZDSA online conference earlier this month. There will be two sessions: one for parents and one for self advocates. There is a questionnaire to complete beforehand - email for your copy.

Parents Session: 7-8.30pm, 18 November
Self Advocates: 2.15pm, 3 December
A word from Ruth:

Did you know that we are a charity – fully reliant on donations, funding grants and fundraising?  We have two major fundraising events every year: an online auction in November and in May a raffle (which launches in 2023).

We are asking for donations of auction items, services, vouchers and raffle prizes – and would love to hear from you if there is anything you can offer. A few nights at your bach? Dinner at a restaurant? Beauty vouchers? Some goods or services that you produce? Or perhaps you know someone who can help? Ask your favourite hairdresser, clothing shop, accommodation provider or yoga studio? You might be surprised!

Please email me,, with any item that you would like to offer.
The WDSA Committee is made up entirely of volunteers.
We'd love to connect with members of the community who can spare a few hours to help here and there. If that sounds like you, sign up to our Friends of the Committee Facebook group.
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